Groom Lashes Out at “Tacky” Sister for Breastfeeding Her Newborn at His Wedding
A newly married man has faced criticism and embarrassment after lashing out at his sister for daring to breastfeed during his wedding as he considers it “bad etiquette and tacky”.
Somehow believing he was still in the right even after his new wife and parents told him he was behaving badly, the man reached out to everyone’s favourite moral philosophy sub, Am I The Asshole, for sympathy, validation, and support.
“My (34m) sister gave birth 2 months ago. She brought the baby to mine and my wife’s (23f) wedding.
“She breastfeeds whenever she goes. We visit her house? She’ll breastfeed in front of us. Visiting our parents? She’ll breastfeed. Going out in a public setting? She’ll sit on a bench in the park and breastfeed. Go out to a restaurant? She breastfeeds. Everywhere. I’ve never spoken on it because I know she’ll get mad and offended but when she did that at my wedding I lost my cool.”
Something the groom may not have been aware of is that a woman has the right to breastfeed anywhere she pleases. Under the federal Sex Discrimination Act 1984, it is illegal in Australia to discriminate against a person either directly or indirectly on the grounds of breastfeeding. So he’s already in the wrong.
“During the reception dinner, she just did it again. I kindly approached her and asked her why she didn’t bring formula or at least pump milk out and put it in the bottle so she wouldn’t have to do all this at that moment.
She said “because I don’t have to. I feel comfortable breastfeeding. Getting milk out on my own is more painful”
“I said she could just make this sacrifice and compromise for one day instead of doing this in front of 250 guests at my wedding. She then said she can’t do much about it now, because the baby has to have her milk. I told her she should be more thoughtful of that then instead of completely embarrassing herself and us by doing this.
“I told my wife what the deal was and she said I’m an AH and should immediately apologise to my sister. My parents also sided with my sister and now pretty much everyone thinks I’m an AH since I’m the only person who had a problem with it.
“The only reason I decided to call her out is because I considered it bad etiquette and tacky to do that at a formal event and that she could just find another solution for that night.”
Needless to say, validation was not forthcoming.
Thousands and thousands of comments — more than 5,000 of them — called him out for his ridiculous behaviour towards his sister who had given birth just two months ago.
The only tacky person with bad etiquette is him.